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Ok a few things about  this

1) there are somewhere in the region of 4500 files in the download, about 1000 of which are mail, and 3500 data files. From the contents of one of these data files there are suggestions that one of the climate models has 11,000 data files, so at best this is probably a subset of data.

2)It has been reported that the email has been confirmed as genuine. However the genuineness of the data files should have its status reserved until it has been thoroughly checked. And for it to be considered real, that is going to take some time. Firstly it has to be established when the server was first improperly accessed, and secondly it has to be checked against backup copies to asess the integrity of the datasets . If someone has had access, then we know that they have removed files, they may have also changed files without  the knowledge of reseasrchers.

3)From looking at the corespondence, Climate scientists appear no more or less riven with factions, infighting, feelings of sleights, and outright lunacy than any other group of academics. If anyone thinks  that this faction of climate examiners is particularly bad is asked to think wether every single email of their own would pass scrutiny.

4)I am somewhat suspicious of the date of release of this information. 2 weeks before the Copenhagen climate change conference, almost guarantees that Climate change scientists will be far busier discussing the leak rather than preparing for the conference. A cynic or conspiracy theorist could almost come to the conclusion that it was planned to cause the most disruption.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Nov 21st, 2009 at 08:24:03 PM EST

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